Head of the sub-department:

Ivana Trtanj, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

Name and surname

Ivana Trtanj, Ph.D.


Assistant professor



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Research interests

  • First langauge acquisiton
  • Discourse development in pre-school and school age children
  • Early literacy development
  • Learning Croatian as a second language

About the teacher

She has been employed at the Faculty of Education as a teaching assistant since December 2007 instructing courses Croatian language, Language culture, Functional styles in language communication, Acquisition and learning of the Croatian language, Pre-practice in reading and writing and Lexicology and word formation in the Croatian language. February 2016 she held the position of a postdoctoral researcher, and in October 2019 she acquired the title and position of assistant professor. Being a member of the ECL (European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages) she participates in compiling tests on Croatian language knowledge for non-native speakers. In 2013 she was elected a member of the Commission for development of standards and exams for Croatian as a foreign language of the National Centre for External Evaluation of Education (NCVVO). She is an associate at two projects of the Croatian Science Foundation: Textual Coherence in Foreign Language Writing: Croatian, German, English, French and Hungarian in Comparison (IP-2016-06-5736) and Multilevel Approach to Spoken Discourse in Language Development (UIP-05-2017). She is a member of the Croatian Philological Society. Her research interests are focused on the area of Croatian language acquisition, the development of children’s discourse and early literacy as well as on studying Croatian as a second language.

List of publications (CROSBI link)

CROSBI Ivana Trtanj

Members of the sub-department:

Lidija Bakota, Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Name and surname

Lidija Bakota Ph. D.


Associate professor



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Research interests

1. early education of Croatian Language

2. textbooks’ analysis for Croatian Language early education

3. stylistics, sociolinguistic, bioethical analysis of Croatian
children’s literature on animalistic topics


I was born on 15th July 1974 in Osijek (Croatia) where I have finished my primary and secondary education. I have finished Croatian Language and Literature at Faculty of Pedagogy (today Faculty of Philosophy) at Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek. Since 2006/07 academic year I am employed at Faculty of Primary Education (today Faculty of Education) at Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek. I have obtained my Ph. D. in 2010 at Faculty of Philosophy at Zagreb University (thesis: Communicational model of oral exercises in primary education). In 2012 I became assistant professor at Faculty of Education.

At Faculty of Education I teach Croatian Language Didactics I, Croatian Language Didactics II, Oral and written communication and Public Speech. I participate at teachers’ professional training by teaching at professional seminars on Croatian language and oral and written communication.

List of publications (link to CROSBI)

CROSBI Lidija Bakota

Nina Mance, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.